NYC Mandarin Oriental Wedding : Elyse+Andrew


If he’s known for one thing, it’s his impeccable taste. Andrew takes pleasure in life’s smallest details and he’s widely known for his acute attention to minutia that often makes a meal, event, or an experience truly amazing. He’s the type of guy who’ll smell, swish, and twirl wine in a glass, knowing what–precisely–makes it delicious. In light of these attributes, Elyse leaves life’s finer decisions to him.

The beauty in this situation is Elyse is Andrew’s version of perfection, down to the smallest detail. They share a sense of humor, they’re patient with each other, and Andrew always finds a snack when Elyse is hungry, even if it means running down a crowded street in New York City for a pretzel. Andrew is known for his impeccable taste and everyone knows no girl in the world fits his detail-oriented life better than Elyse.

Elyse and Andrew, what I want to write is a billion words to express my gratitude, but for the sake of time, I hope a simple thank you will suffice. You are truly two of the kindest people I’ve had the honor of working with and your wedding was absolutely wonderful. Thank you for inviting us into your lives for such a special day and I hope you’re enjoy life on a sunny Hawaiian beach right now! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

It was a beautiful fall day in New York City and the weather was perfect for a wedding at the Mandarin Oriental…things were made extra special when I saw a pair of Jimmy Choo’s…with a bedazzled bow. Oh com’on…

Elyse chose a perfect Vera Wang wedding dress and it was truly stunning…

Elyse, you’re gorgeous. And in case you don’t believe me, RAWR.
Hair and makeup by Antonio Prieto Salon

Elyse and Andrew had friends and family gather from around the United States in New York City for the wedding, so they had a few gifts to make them feel welcome…

JD hung out with the guys as they prepared and Andrew read a note from his future bride…

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…I lovelovelove when a bride and groom opt to see each other before the wedding ceremony. The First Look is a moment just for the couple and Andrew’s reaction to seeing Elyse for the first time as his wife says it all…

It was supposed to rain in New York on Saturday, but–thankfully–the weather held out, so we ventured out of the Mandarin Oriental and down the street to Central Park for wedding photos…

Walking through Columbus Circle in Jimmy Choo’s and a wedding gown to capture wedding photos? She’s my kinda bride.

Central Park served as a perfect backdrop for wedding photos as the leaves were still on the trees and romance in the air…


Shortly after wedding photos in Central Park, we ventured back to the Mandarin Oriental for the wedding ceremony…at this moment, the rabbi asked every guest to reach out and touch the person on front of him/her and the power of the moment eventually led to the bride and groom. It was awesome.

Many, many, and many more thanks to the Claudia and the talented team of Gourmet Advisory Services who made the wedding beyond amazing. They worked tirelessly to ensure there wasn’t a single flaw and it showed. I’m incredibly thankful to have met such a fantastic group of people.

The floral designs and decor were provided by Frank Alexander

The First Dance was so beautiful because guests were invited to surround the couple as they danced…such a lovely touch by Starlight Orchestra

I’ll end this post with a special thanks to James with Mandarin Oriental for taking me to the rooftop for this photo of New York at night…a reminder of a perfect evening in the city.

To see more of Elyse and Andrew’s New York City wedding photos at Mandarin Oriental, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow with music provided by The Music Bed, or simply watch it here:

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  1. Liz

    October 10th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I just love, love, love everything about these photos!! They have such a classic yet modern look about them. What a big impact those small gestures you mentioned had. You have one of the coolest jobs Jasmine! 🙂

  2. jack

    October 10th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    WoW! Gorgeous wedding and the shot from the rooftop is amazing!

  3. Life with Kaishon

    October 10th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    They look so happy.
    My heart is happy for them!
    Her shoes are divine!

  4. Gail

    October 10th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    LOVE that city and, of course, LOVE this wedding! Just gorgeous work, J and JD!

  5. Deborah Zoe

    October 10th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Jasmine, these are just stunning!!! Beautiful work again and again!

  6. paris

    October 10th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    BEAUTIFUL..NYC is MAGIC and the beauty you captured is breath taking. I got married in NYC and I loved the energy of that city. It truly is the BEST place to get married. Central Park is amazing! Wonderful, wonderful post J*

  7. Nicoletta Daskalakis

    October 10th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Beautiful pictures as always! I love what you wrote about them as a couple. It gives me as the viewer so much more insight into their lives, so when I see the pictures I feel emotional for them! Great job guys!

  8. Haley Johnston

    October 10th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    This was wedding was GORG! I love everything about it. Nice work Jasmine! 🙂

  9. Ashley Christine

    October 10th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    ::gasp:: ::jaw drop:: Gorgeous!

  10. Nena

    October 10th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    There is so much beauty in this post, I can’t even contain myself. Lovely. =-)

  11. gladys

    October 10th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    really beautiful, jasmine. the slideshow made me teary.

  12. rich

    October 10th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    stunning NYC wedding photos! this couple is just so happy being together in the midst of the city!

  13. Trudy Jackson

    October 10th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The city looks good on you, Jasmine because this wedding looks like your style and you captured it like it should be!

  14. Fotograf nunta Iasi

    October 10th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Very nice pictures, impresive details.

  15. Sara Lucero

    October 10th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Girl you did NOT get to take pictures in central park!! WOW. What a dream! Beautiful photos J-Bones.

  16. Ariana Watts

    October 11th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    You ROCKED that city! That wedding is absolutely gorgeous and I love how you photographed the couple and their day! 🙂

  17. Christine Chang

    October 11th, 2012 at 1:52 am

    I heart NYC, and this wedding. 🙂

  18. Mark Martinez Photography

    October 11th, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Beautiful work Jasmine! The reception images are simply gorgeous.

  19. Jolynn

    October 11th, 2012 at 6:10 am

    This is my favorite wedding that I’ve seen in a long time! You truly did rock it out!!

  20. Alice Photography

    October 11th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    That certainly is an amazing dress and a gorgeous wedding. You truly captured the vibe of NYC and the happiness of this couple.

  21. Simone Rodrigues

    October 11th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I loved the wedding photos, especially the last city of New York is beautiful.

  22. LEOLAK

    October 12th, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Beautiful!!! Love all the details…her dress..and shoes…Gorge!

  23. Mom

    October 12th, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Love this wedding! Beautiful couple.

  24. Kila

    October 14th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    The reception/tables cape photos are stunning. Of course, central park is awesome as well! Great job!

  25. Brent

    October 16th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Jasmine! BEAUTIFUL work– so happy you two were able to travel to NYC to enjoy your work 🙂

  26. Lisa B. Photography

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Love the love seen by this couple in my hometown — bravo, J*!! 🙂

  27. Rebecca

    October 22nd, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Really beautiful work, love love love the brides shoes!

  28. Alistair

    October 24th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    You’re not in (sunny) Kansas anymore, huh, Dorothy!?


  29. Dani Davila

    October 28th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Love the slideshow… amazing…

  30. Sarah Khamsoda

    October 29th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Beautiful as always! I have to admit to being a detail orientated girl, and I love that shot of her shoes against the NYC skyline!

  31. Francis

    September 11th, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I love how you brought your Cali swag to NYC and shot it in your own beautiful style. Props.